Central Avenue Dental is one of New York’s premier dental practices, with convenient locations in Financial District, Manhattan and Valley Stream, Queens. Our experienced dentists and staff are experts in advanced dentistry treatments, including sleep apnea oral appliances. Dr. Alevtina Edgar and Dr. Igor Ilyabayev are both certified in Obstructive Sleep Apnea treatment and also members of the American Dental Association and New York State Dental Association. We always put your satisfaction first and have been recognized as a Patient’s Choice Winner on Opencare. Visit us today!

Sleep Apnea: Rest Easier with a Comfortable Treatment Option

Estimates reveal that anywhere between 18 and 22 million people in the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. If you experience the symptoms of this disorder then you may have trouble feeling rested and ready for the day, even after what you assume was a full night’s rest.

Fortunately, we can identify the symptoms and recommend a comfortable and non-invasive treatment option.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

During sleep, the soft tissue in the back of the mouth and throat may become overly relaxed and collapse, obstructing airflow. The patient stops breathing as a result until the brain registers the lack of oxygen and wakes him/her up to begin breathing.

Despite having no memory of waking up, patients often wake hundreds of times in a single night. In addition to the initial exhaustion, the long-term consequences of sleep apnea may include elevated blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack, depression, and stroke.

How Do I Know If I Need Treatment?

Patients may encounter a number of symptoms if they suffer from OSA, including:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Waking up choking or possibly gasping for air
  • Exhaustion during the day
  • Trouble focusing at work or school
  • Irritability

If you frequently snore or experience any of the common symptoms then we recommend seeing a professional for a diagnosis. Often, the symptoms can be eased with a few changes to your daily life, such as:

  • Losing weight
  • Avoiding caffeine or alcohol before bed
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Maintaining a regular sleep schedule
  • Keeping your bedroom dark and cool

Otherwise, you may benefit from a sleep apnea oral appliance.

How Does the Oral Appliance Work?

We will first need to examine you, assess your medical history, and the severity of your sleep apnea issues. We can then recommend the most appropriate solution, which typically involves an oral appliance.

The oral appliance will look similar to a night guard but is actually much more complex. The patient wears the device at night while sleeping. The appliance moves the jaw forward, in the process keeping the airways open and preventing the collapse of soft tissue. The patient can then breathe unencumbered and experience a significant reduction in sleep apnea symptoms.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Igor Ilyabayev and Dr. Alevtina Edgar, please contact our Valley Stream, Queens office at 516 887-0020 or our Financial District, Manhattan office at 212 571-0033.

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